What's for Dinner #50 - The Spooky-licious Edition - Oct 2019

It looks absolutely fab to me and not in the least boring. Have been craving ribeye lately. To what level of doneness did you cook it? Just curious. Since I started cooking steak in a cast iron pan, I never want them on the grill anymore - just love the seared crust. The grilled ones seem flabby now.

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A little more rare than medium. I very much liked the way it came out. Low and slow in the cast iron skillet, turning now and then . Remove , rest. Back on the skillet med high . Finish with a splash of red wine and butter.


That looks like the opposite of boring. :drooling_face:


Lucky friends! B/s thighs? This is the same as the recipe you shared in May, right?

Our CSA farm share pickup is nearly done for the season, which means the last hurrah for lots of vegetables. Also it’s been cool so oven roasting is on the agenda.

Supper last night was corn pudding with roasted Hatch chiles, roasted delicata squash with sweet peppers (previously roasted) and Marcona almonds, and a dollop of the Nigel Slater tomatoes prepared earlier this week.

If not obvious, the Hatch chiles and the Marcona almonds are not local produce for me. :wink:


Temperature dip yesterday, night temperature dropped to 5ºC, 41ºF, I moved the few pots of basils and the orchids indoors. Too bad for the tomatoes…

A few dinners.
Pork shoulder with guacamole and polenta.

Another rather simple meal with chicken thighs, salsa verde, radish and more polenta.

A satisfying tartine with guacamole, grilled zucchini, tomatoes, dried tomatoes, mozzarella, bacon and cilantro. Everybody was happy.

Prawns bucatini cooked with San Marzano tomatoes, dried sausages + parmesan and basil. Delicious comfort food, always happy to eat pasta.

Cod, pork blood sausages with crispy pork shoulders, smashed potato infused with garlic and cod and herbs, topped with a garlic cream mousse. Splendid with string beans.

Pork ribs marinated with 5 spice, Chinese Hua Diao wine, fish sauce, honey and black pepper corn. Side was roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and sparkled with cognac, inspired by @gcaggiano (BTW, your flan was terrific! I want one too!)
Ribs tasted much better than the look.

And figs with a date vinaigrette !!!


@naf everything looks fabulous as always!

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That bowl of prawns… :ok_hand:


Stunning meals, @naf.

I was thinking that my corn pudding played the role of polenta, except that the pudding let me use up the random amount of fresh corn that was in our fridge.


Looked fab, your corn pudding!

I made a big batch of polenta, it wasn’t my original intention, I should have made only half of the box instead. I pressed the cooked polenta, still hot in a big tray with a baking sheet, cut them into slides when cooled, I had them for at least 4 meals, fried them or baked them. Liked when they were slightly crispy.

Thanks everyone! You have brightened my day, which is otherwise gloomy and grey.


Everything looks restaurant level, especially those prawns. And the fig photo could be in a magazine.

I agree @tomatotomato. Your corn pudding looks delicious.


I was gonna’ make pork chops last night but the kitchen was cleaned from top to bottom, every inch, oven, fridge, you name it. I wanted one more day with no stray crumbs, dishes left drying in the rack, etc…


Chinese Chicken Wrap (no tomato :wink:)

Idk how Chinese it really is but I love this wrap - Sauce is bomb.

Rotisserie Chicken

Comes w/White or Wheat Pita and choice of Sauces and Salsas

Chicken Pasta Salad

Rotini, Chicken, Scallions, 1000 Island Dressing.

Chinese Cabbage Salad (Chinese-esque?)

Green, Red Cabbages, Scallion, Almonds, Sweet Sesame Dressing. Sometimes I have them make this for our BBQs. :heart:

Steamed Butternut Squash

…Maybe Pork Chops tonight.


We are alike! We NEVER cook after the kitchen has been cleaned thoroughly. I don’t want so much as a crumb or even a fingerprint anywhere!

Your wrap looks fab, as does the rest of your food. Slightly OT here, but do you ever go to Zankou Chicken? I love Open Sesame, a small chain. Have been to one in Orange County, not sure if they’re in the LA area though.


Hi @Lambchop

Sometimes I can’t resist the urge to cook in my sparkling, clean kitchen. Counters are clear of condiments & stuff and every utensil is put in its place. But I often regret it afterward. Like why did we bother cleaning?

I love Zankou’s Chicken, Garlic Sauce & Hummus. We order it a lot at work. CCC is closer to home and they have a more varied selection of sides. I don’t think we have OS in my ‘hood.

I :heart: Chicken!

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To start off Mrs. P’s birthday weekend we had some excellent takeout from Don Pepe ll seafood restaurant.We had the always awesome stuffed lobster with scallops, shrimp, and crab as well as the seafood stuffed avocado with the same seafood stuffing. It came with a side of crispy Spanish Chips. We also had clams casino. It went great with a 2017 Limerick Lane red zinfandel


We talked our friends into joining us for dinner instead of a brewery outing. On the menu: grilled chicken fajitas with onions, poblanos, crimini mushrooms, and red peppers; homemade whole wheat tortillas made with bacon grease :grin:, homemade borracho beans and rice, cucumber salad with orange-coriander dressing, and tons of toppings. My favorite cheap Barbera and IPAs to drink.


Enjoying the overhead shots of late. Nice menu!

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To me, that’s a no-brainer.


Said it before, but damn I wish I was your neighbor! All mine are soooo lame! Looks amazing :heart_eyes: